Justice Action Ministries
Motivated by our faith and inspired and sustained by religious community, we have a strong tradition of social justice within Unitarian Universalism and in our Fellowship.
Ours is a faith of “deeds, not creeds,” and we believe social justice work is a vital part of congregational and spiritual life.
We believe that long-term institutional work, as well as helping to meet immediate needs, are both required to bring about justice in our world. Our governing board has stated that one of our Ends (goals) is that we: “are a visible presence and resource, courageously challenging injustice and inequity.”
2020-21 Justice Focus & Collaboration Areas
Each JAM has committed for 2020-21 to focus on two primary issues, recognizing the various ways each JAM can intersect with these issues by learning or making a difference.
Justice Action Ministry Facilitators
The purpose of the JAM Facilitators is to help the Fellowship fulfill the part of our mission statement stating that we will “Lead in Social Justice.” This team consists of members and leaders from each JAM and those who want to help support the creation of new JAMs, and the larger support of the justice ministries of the Fellowship.
Essentials: Food and Shelter for All Action JAM
The team meets the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome!
We work to ensure adequate food and shelter in the Fox Valley and beyond; to work to address obstacles which stand in the way of people being able to meet these needs for themselves.
Our activities include continuing to engage Fellowship members and friends in providing meals and other necessities to those experiencing homelessness in the community through participation in the fall CROP hunger walk, the spring hygiene drive, Bread for the World letter writing campaign, and the E2F (Empty to Full) meal pan collection. We also serve meals at Homeless Connections and the Warming Shelter, as well as offering overnight hospitality at the Warming Shelter.
Coordinators: Angie Miller firstname.lastname@example.org, Deb Muench email@example.com, Nancy Middleton firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Sanctuary JAM
This Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) program enables interested congregations to work on issues of climate change and environmental justice, culminating in Green Sanctuary accreditation.
To achieve accreditation, there are a number of activities to complete involving environmental justice, worship and celebration, religious education and sustainable living.
The Green Sanctuary JAM team is committed to working on these tasks to assist the Fellowship to better align our actions with the 7th UU Principle. We would love your ideas and help!
For more information, or to join, please contact email@example.com.
ESTHER: This is the Fellowship’s connection to ESTHER, an interfaith community organizing group of which the Fellowship is a member. The purpose of the JAM is to educate, motivate and mobilize Fellowship members to participate in social justice activities, such as reforms to prison, immigration reform and public transportation. We work by building relationships. Contact Connie Raether for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Social Justice Projects we Support
Greater Good: The Greater Good Project is an endeavor involving all ages and created to bring meaning back to the holidays. We ask participating members and friends of our Fellowship to tally up what they spend on the holiday season, including presents, wrappings, trimmings, travel, food and entertainment. Then 50% of their usual holiday spending becomes a gift to the Greater Good. The funds are distributed to carefully selected projects voted for by the children and youth of the Fellowship. During the 2020-21 program year, we will not be having a Greater Good program due to the pandemic and the financial uncertainty and other complexities that have arisen during this time. We hope to offer it again in future years.